M - Books by author

This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.

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Heroes cover Heroes

Donnie’s playmates always want him to be the “bad guy” in their war games because he is Japanese-American.

Silent Night cover Silent Night

Realistic illustrations in muted natural colors detail the verses to the familiar Christmas song.

My Rows and Piles of Coins cover My Rows and Piles of Coins

The author draws on his own Tanzanian childhood for this story of a boy, Saruni, who works hard, saves all his coins for months and months, and dreams of buying a bicycle--only to discover that he does not have nearly enough money.

The Christmas Humbugs cover The Christmas Humbugs

Each year, the Humbugs (who look sort of like furry green grapes with wings and red jelly-bean noses) search out "cheerful houses" in which to cause mischief.

The Night Before Christmas cover The Night Before Christmas

Colorful, detailed illustrations with a Scandinavian flair include the characteristic Brett side panels to expand the story.

The Night Before Christmas cover The Night Before Christmas

A PictureBack edition of the classic poem with scratchboard illustrations that place the text in the late 1800s.

The Night Before Christmas cover The Night Before Christmas

Cartoon-like illustrations for the classic poem

The Night Before Christmas cover The Night Before Christmas

Playful version of the classic poem with Santa cruising in a rocket-ship-style sleigh into an ordinary American '50s town.

The Night Before Christmas cover The Night Before Christmas

Vivid illustrations with clever detail and unusual perspectives bring the classic Christmas poem to life.

My First Counting Book cover My Big Golden Counting Book

Counting to ten with delightful Garth Williams' animals.

The Ugly Duckling cover The Ugly Duckling

Charming illustrations for a gentle adaptation of the classic story about an odd-looking duckling who is scorned because he is different.

Tomás and the Library Lady cover Tomás and the Library Lady

The true story of the wonderful summer a child of migrant laborers was befriended by a librarian and the world was opened up to him through books.

Rock and Fossil Hunter cover Rock and Fossil Hunter

From the Smithsonian, a hands-on guide to explore rocks and minerals with more than 30 activities

Bread Bread Bread cover Bread Bread Bread

Simple text and delicious full-color photographs share the idea that all over the world, wherever there are human beings, someone is eating bread.

Hats, Hats, Hats cover Hats, Hats, Hats

“The world is full of hats.” Marvelous photographs show people around the world wearing a variety of headgear.

The Snow Leopard cover The Snow Leopard

High in the Himalayas, Snow Leopard watches over a village in a remote valley. The animal is a Mergichan, a guardian spirit. But she is getting older . . . and the soldiers come . . .

Crimson Comet cover The Crimson Comet

When the light on the moon goes out, Nora and her brother Jack take a trip in their rocket to help the Man-in-the-Moon regain power.

Ohio Thunder cover Ohio Thunder

Striking images and terse verse present a summer thunderstorm sweeping across a midwestern farm.

The Funny Little Woman cover The Funny Little Woman

Caldecott Medal-winning tale of a little lady chasing a runaway dumpling who is captured by wicked creatures from whom she escapes with the means of becoming the richest woman in Japan.

Tikki Tikki Tembo cover Tikki Tikki Tembo

Once it was the custom in China to give first and honored sons great long names. This story gives a possible reason for examining the wisdom of this practice.

True Heart cover True Heart

In 1893, sixteen-year-old Bee works hard on the railroad to achieve her yearning ambition to become a train engineer.

The Cow That Went OINK cover The Cow That Went OINK

The other animals in the barnyard laughed at the cow who went "Oink". She was sad and lonely until she met a pig that went "Moo".

One Gorilla cover One Gorilla

A New York Times Best Illustrated Childrens Book counting ten "things I love", starting with one gorilla.

V is for Vanishing V is for Vanishing

 An ABC book including upper- and lowercase letters and large, eye-catching portraits showcasing endangered animals from around the globe.

Inside-Outside Book of Washington, DC cover Inside-Outside Book of Washington, DC

An interesting perspective on our nation’s capitol, this book had detailed illustrations showing both outside and inside many of the city’s famous structures.

The Paper Bag Princess cover The Paper Bag Princess

A dragon smashes Princess Elizabeth's castle, burns her clothes, and kidnaps her betrothed. Undaunted, she puts on a large paper bag and sets off to find the dragon and Prince Ronald.

Stone Soup cover Stone Soup

Three Buddhist monks arrive at a village whose people have become embittered and suspicious; they seek to revitalize the community by making soup from stones.